HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Will there be food and Drink?
A separate lunch ticket is available for pre-order on the registration page, which includes options for a Chick-Fil-A boxed lunch or a vegetarian and gluten-free option. Note there will be no food available for purchase at the event and lunch registration closes two days prior to the event, so all lunch orders must be made by this time.
All those attending are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks. Bottled water will be available during the afternoon.
Can Youth attend this event?
Yes! Families, young adults, and teens of all ages are invited to attend but all persons under the age of 18 must coordinate and be registered to attend with a group authorized by their local diocese to attend or with their families. Group leaders must obtain parental consent for all persons under of 18 attending this event and be in accordance with their local diocesan regulations on accompanying minors to a mixed youth and young adult event.
How do i get there?
How to get to the National Mall.
Car: Parking is available at various locations along the National Mall but spots are limited, especially near the Lincoln Memorial. There is also a small parking lot off Maine Ave. SW near the Tidal Basin Boat Rentals. Those arriving by car should plan on arriving early to find a spot and be prepared to walk to the Lincoln Memorial.
Bus: Buses can drop off passengers along Ohio Avenue SW, south of Independence Ave. Buses may park and wait in this area at a rate of $2.00/hr.
Van: Parking for vans and small shuttle buses is available along Ohio Avenue SW or in the parking lot off Maine Ave SW near the Tidal Basin Boat Rentals. Rates for parking are $2.00/hr.
Metro: Due to station closures and scheduled track-work (see below) we advise taking a GREEN or YELLOW line train to Archives-Navy Memorial Station and walking from there to the Lincoln Memorial. Significant delays are expected on the red, orange, blue, and silver lines. Allow for extra time if arriving on one of these lines and use https://wmata.com/ to plan your trip. Metro begins service at 7:00 AM Saturday morning.
Rideshare: Uber and Lyft are both popular alternatives to finding a ride in the DC area.
How to get from the National Mall to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.
Car: The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is located at 3900 Harewood Rd. NE, approximately a 20 minute drive from the National Mall. Free parking is available both at the Shrine and the nearby Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Bus: Bus pickup is recommended along 7th St. SW, but space may be available along Jefferson Dr. SW. There is a bus drop off area at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, but parking will be at the nearby Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Parking for buses is free at the Basilica.
Van: Vans may use any of the side streets surrounding Smithsonian Castle to pick up passengers where stopping is permitted. Vans may park at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine or nearby Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Parking is free at both locations.
Metro: Due to red line station closures and scheduled track-work (see below) metro users should plan on walking to either the Archives-Navy Memorial Station or L'Enfant Plaza and taking a GREEN line train to the Georgia Ave-Petworth Station. A free shuttle will be running between Georgia Ave-Petworth and the Shrine.
Rideshare: Uber and Lyft are both popular alternatives to finding a ride in the DC area. The address for the Shrine is 3900 Harewood Rd. NE.
Free Shuttle: A shuttle bus will be made available to a limited number of people traveling from the National Mall to the Shrine. Priority will be given to people with disabilities and those who otherwise need assistance with travel.
IMPORTANT: RHODE ISLAND AVE STATION AND BROOKLAND/CUA METRO STATION WILL BE CLOSED ON AUGUST 25 AND LONG DELAYS ARE EXPECTED ON THE BLUE, ORANGE AND SILVER LINES. METRO OFFERS SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE BETWEEN STATIONS THAT ARE CLOSED, BUT EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS.
IN LIGHT OF THIS SITUATION, WE ARE WORKING ON A LIMITED SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE BETWEEN THE GEORGIA AVE-PETWORTH STATION AND THE JOHN PAUL II NATIONAL SHRINE, BUT TO AVOID LONG WAITS WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL THOSE ATTENDING TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS WHEN TRAVELING TO THE SHRINE (SEE ABOVE).
See https://wmata.com/ for further details.
Can I take the metro?
Where do I park?
There is limited free parking at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine but ample free parking at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is only two blocks from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.
What should I bring?
Consider bringing a small backpack with hat, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. Dress appropriately and anticipate hot summer weather!
Does the Saturday Mass fulfill my Sunday obligation?
Yes! The Mass on Saturday evening fulfills the Sunday obligation.
How can i become a promoter of this event?
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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
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Is the event accessible for participants with disabilities?
Both the National Mall and Saint John Paul II National Shrine are accessible to people with disabilities. Handicap parking on the National Mall is located along Daniel French Dr. SW.
We are working on making this event as accessible as possible but please contact us at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
What should we do in a medical emergency?
During the event if there is a medical emergency please call 911 and notify staff or security.